As the proud owner of the cutest, smooshiest dog on the planet, you have no idea how many times a day I get approached when I take Rufus out on a walk. People will run with reckless abandon across streets, in front of cars and through alleyways just to pet him. I can only imagine this is true for most people who own dogs and I often think about how I don’t leverage this opportunity enough to get to know other people when they talk to us. It also occurred to me that having a dog could be one of the easiest ways to get a date if you were open to it. Here’s why:
1) Your dog is the ultimate connector. For no other reason than to swoon over your dog, both men and women will talk to you – emphatically, even – and about nothing that matters. Usually it’ll be in the way of boring questions like, “How old is your dog?” or “Is it a boy or a girl?” or my personal favorite, “How much does he weigh?” It’s up to you at this point to turn these wildly unspectacular questions into gold, come out of your shell and speak! Take the opportunity to ask questions of your own, even if the person does not have a dog. If they do have a dog, even better (see boring questions above if you need ideas).
2) Your dog gets you out of your house or apartment or whatever it is you call home. It gets you off the couch during a “Bachelor” marathon (No? Just me? Ehhhh, this is embarrassing) and out into the land of the living where there are people just like you, ready and waiting to have a conversation. Of course, there are always those that really don’t want to have a conversation…or worse yet, don’t like dogs. Ignore these people; you can’t trust them anyway. Talk to the men and women who swoon over your dog and ask the boring questions mentioned above.
3) Your dog is an easy segue into “meeting somebody else’s dog.” When two dogs start mutually sniffing each other’s butts or better yet, upgrade to humping, you’ll have something to laugh at together. Plus, your dogs are basically begging you to interact so they can enjoy their perversions a little longer. Don’t waste an opportunity to make some non-creepy comment about how much, “…your dog really likes my dog.” You never know where it could lead!
4) Your dog wants you to meet somebody that makes you happy. When in a constant state of happiness due to new romance, you’re more likely to give your dog treats; you’re more likely to spoil them; you’re more likely to feed them under the table during scheduled romantic dinners. Plus, your dog has another person that adores them; another person to give them butt scratches and belly rubs. Trust me, finding love is in the best interest of your dog.
5) Your dog – just by simply having it – automatically puts you into a giant network of dog-lovin’ freaks, myself included (and I really do mean “freaks” in the most endearing way possible). People love your dog but then eventually and miraculously, you’ll start to see adoration directed towards you too. If you network with other dog lovin’ freaks, you’re bound to eventually get introduced to somebody who knows somebody, who knows somebody, who knows somebody that’s single and attractive! You’ll never know, though, unless you see your dog as the ultimate, date-making-machine, that they could be.
These are just my top 5 reasons why having a dog can help you get a date. There are many others, I’m sure. Of course, I would never condone owning a dog just for the sake of getting a date. That says something about you and speaks volumes as to why you’re having trouble getting a date to begin with. So, don’t do that. However, if you already have dog or were planning on getting a dog, anyway, helping you get a date is just one of millions of benefits to having a furry friend.
What do you think? Has owning a dog ever helped you get a date at any point (even if you’re single now)? Have I left any important reasons off my list?
Photo credit goes to the talented, Coco Tran.
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